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New, unauthorised, biography on Parker

>> Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Robert Parker, the world’s biggest wine guru, is the subject of a new unauthorised biography. The book is called “The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M Parker Jr and the Reign of American Taste” and is written by Elin McCoy. Read parker’s own comments on his bulletin board.


The EU farm commissioner wants to cut wine subsidies

The EU farm commissioner, the Dane Mariann Fischer Boel, has said in an interview in the Financial times that she wants to cut the subsidies for production of cheap wine that finds no buyers. The EU has recently given 145 million euros to France and Spain to subsidise “crisis distillation” of cheap wine that no one wants but in return Fischer Boel wants the countries to take action and grub up more vines. Read more
Financial Times


Bergerac struck by hail: hundreds of hectares destroyed

On May 13 in the after-noon hail descended on Bergerac. hail can be devastating, destroying leaves, buds, and branches. It is estimated that up to 400 hectares were hit by the hail. In many places there will be no harvest 2005 due to the hail. The best one can hope for is that the vines will recover to 2006. Read more on Decanter

Read more... starts selling wine has started a co-operation with to sell wine. They hope to get more momentum in wine sales over the internet than anyone has succeeded in before. Wine has been much more difficult to sell over the internet than other goods, both in the US (partially due to regulations) and in Europe. Initially the cooperation means simply that traffic will be directed from Amazon to the web site. Read more on SFGate.


Alsace wine production 2004

Some statistics from CIVA (

Most popular grape varieties:

  • 22% Riesling
  • 21% Pinot blanc
  • 18% Gewurztraminer
  • 14% (Tokay) Pinot Gris
  • 11% Sylvaner
  • 9% Pinot Noir

  • 3.6% AOC Grand Cru
  • 79.4% AOC Alsace
  • 17% AOC Cremant d’Alsace

Total production: 1 263 564 hl, +25.8% up from 2003.


Italy pulls out of Vinexpo

The Italian umbrella organisation ICE has decided to cancel its participation in Vinexpo at the last minute. The cancellation is du to a conflict with the organisers of Vinexpo regarding space allocations. This leaves many Italian producers without a presence at the show. Many of those are now trying to get a last minute individual participation so as not to miss it altogether.


Better to prevent than cure? New solution: Symbios

A Portugese cork research institute (CTCOR) has developed a new method to prevent altogether the formation of TCA, thus eliminating cork taint at its source. This new procedure is called Symbios. Read more:

Taiwan News


Dream Taste – a new cure for corked wine

A Burgundian company (Embag with Gérard Michel and Laurent Villaume) has developed a cure for wines with cork taint. You pour the wine into a decanter and put a small plastic grape bunch in it. The grape bunch contains a substance that absorbs the TCA (2,4,6-trichloroanisole) that gives the wine it off taste. Each treatment will cost around 5€; a starting kit is 40€. We have not yet tested it…

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Recommended Restaurant, Beaune: Le Bistro Bourguignon

Nice wine bar and restaurant in the main town in Burgundy with a very ambitious chef (even sometimes a bit over ambitious…). On Saturdays they sometimes have jazz concerts.

Le Bistro Bourguignon
8, rue Monge
tel 03 80 22 23 24

-> Discover more exciting restaurants in Beaune on our Wine Tour to Beaune in September


Recommended Restaurant, Bordeaux: Le Jardin des Gastronomes

Facing the old church Saint Pierre in the Old Town in Bordeaux you can find this very good value-for-money restaurant (and many others on the neighbouring streets). You can e.g. get a very nice foie gras with the 3 course menu for no more than 14 euro.

Le Jardin des Gastronomes
1, place Saint-Peirre
33000 Bordeaux
tel 05 57 85 90 35

-> Discover more exciting restaurants in Bordeaux on our Wine Tour to Bordeaux in September


Recommended Restaurant: Louis Vin

A new wine restaurant with a good wine list with a certain emphasis on organic wines. You can for example find the full selection of wines from Julien and Claude Courtois, father-and-son winemakers on the edge of the Loire Valley, in Sologne. The 2 course menu costs 23 euro, or 26 for three courses. If you are a sweet addidct don’t miss their excellent Ile Flottante, this French speciality made from whipped egg white served with a vanilla sauce.

Louis Vins
9 r Montagne Ste Geneviève 75005 Paris
01 43 29 12 12
Open every day (!), even Sundays.


Recommended Wine Producer: Domaine Mouréou, Madiran

One of the best estates in Madiran, owned by Patrick Ducournau. Ducourneau is also known for being the person who invented micro-oxygenation – a method widely used today to make tannins softer. His best cuvée, Chapelle Lenclos, is made from 100% Tannat and is an incredibly powerful, tannic and dark wine full of flavour.

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Recommended Wine Producer: Domaine de l’Hortus, Coteaux du Languedoc – Pic Saint Loup

Framed by the majestic Pic Saint Loup and Montagne de l’Hortus, this vineyard is less than an hour’s drive north of Montpellier. Jean Orliac and his wife bought a small piece of land here 25 years ago after having fallen in love with the beautiful scenery. With it came some vines and they have now expanded the domaine to cover 35 hectares. All has been replanted – with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache for the reds and Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites. Domaine de l’Hortus has become somewhat of a reference for Languedoc wines. Domaine de l’Hortus Grand Cuvée, around 14€ at e.g. Legrand, 1, rue de la Banque, Paris 1.

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